We’re having a decidedly non-hip hop day over here at 206UP.COM. That’s okay, though, what better way to take a respite from rap’s hard knocks than with a crafty new single from singer/songwriter Alisha Roney, she of the numerous outstanding guest shots from The Good Sin’s “Eye 2 Eye” to The Physics’ latest “Am I Crazy”. Alisha goes for dolo on “The Golden”, and fans of R&B/soul are all the better for it.
Budo’s new album, The Finger & The Moon, finds some things familiar and some things not. First, the self-produced LP is rich with sonic textures and (at times) dense fragments of musical thought that refuse to be beautiful at first listen, but reward later with repeated visits; it’s this ability that places the multi-instrumentalist in the category of musician rather than mere producer.
Secondly, Budo adds the “vocalist” tag to his repertoire, here singing on all ten of TF&TM‘s tracks. He doesn’t have a great voice — think of a sort of poor man’s Leonard Cohen for the millennial/internet set — but the combination of his spoken thoughts (which are often intensely personal) in addition to the musical help complete the whole picture.
Stream and download The Finger & The Moon below, and check out the video for the track “Fremont” below that.
R&B/electro outfit Hightek Lowlives dropped this gem this morning. “Humanoid Void” seeks to bridge the gap between the organic and the digital. If it sings in ones and zeroes, does it make a sound? Gabriel Teodros lends the cellular weight via deft guest bars.
Former TRACKMEET competitor Mike Champoux dropped a new single, “The Outside,” from his forthcoming The Come Up Vol. 1. Promising young Seattle rapper or Macklemore wave-rider? You decide. Grab Mike’s previous album, LIFE, here.
Seattle ex-pat and now Los Angeles resident Scribes released his new EP yesterday, SeaCal Drive. Dude has teased the record with a grip of lead-up material which you can find covered elsewhere on this blog. Best to just grab the download for free, though, and check the behind-the-scenes video below.
You may not have heard Mackned rap, but you’ve probably heard his beats. He’s all over Thaddeus David’s latest, None The Less (scroll down for that), and he’s one of Moor Gang’s in-house producers. Fellow MG troublemakers TH and Steezie Nasa show up on the title track to Mack’s solo album which you can download below. If trap ruled the world…
Thaddeus David has stayed crazy active in the lead-up to his latest album, None The Less. Check past mp3 and video drops here. The new 12-track LP features a gonzo-style cover (above) and is apparently heavily influenced by pizza (see the latest video, directed by Harry Clean of Detooz Films, below). Thaddeus describes NTL as an extension of Trapital Trill “with an elevated twist.”
(Also, who remembers the ubiquitous chain of cheap-o pizza joints in Bellingham called Pizza Time? It’s likely 70% of all dinners I consumed between September of 1995 and June of 2000 [aka my college undergrad years] were prepared by the good folks at “Pizza Slime,” as my college roommates and I lovingly bequeathed them. Here’s to mystery meat and “cheese” you can blow bubbles with.)
Hip hop/blues outfit The Bad Tenants get a Grynch feature and a boom-bap facelift for “On The Rocks”, the trio’s latest single from their upcoming Eloquent Scoundrels Vol. 2 EP (due late September).
The final leak from Thaddeus David’s NoneTheLess (due September 2). Mackned on the beat.
It’s been a minute since the brothers Parker have dropped heat together (remember this one?). Real life got in the way of the team for a bit, but the duo is reunited for the track and accompanying video “Ron Burgundy”, in which the brothers recreate the penultimate fight scene from the eponymous movie. The Parker Report is coming later this year featuring production by Kuddie Fresh and Tha Bizness.
Scribes released the accompanying video to his latest single, “Backseat (New Ride)”. Detooz Films with the vision. Scribes’ SeaCal Drive EP drops September 17. Grab the track here.
Sportn’ Life head DeVon Manier teased this release in the most recent edition of THE SIX which is just below — scroll down for that. Larry Hawkins and Davey Jones have teamed up for Butterfly Sauce, a fusion of rap and R&B. Grab it for free here:
Dave B and Jarv Dee wax poetic on industry rules. Kuddie Fresh pastes a lush sample over a classic break-beat. This from Dave’s upcoming The Doughnuts EP.
Scribes will undoubtedly obtain the Kinda Like Drake label as more ears track his music. It’s important to remember that dude was doing his thing before So Far Gone dropped, so yeah…smoke that in your pipe. Here he updates the whole “back seat of my Jeep, let’s swing an episode” thing fairly well. Captain Midnite on the beat.
Key Nyata is one of Seattle rap’s new young guard. He’s a contributing member of the ubiquitous Raider Klan and a burgeoning blog darling. The Shadowed Diamond is his latest release and features production from P Smoov and guest appearances by Nacho Picasso, Avatar Darko and Dave B, among others.
As an aside…
There’s much hand-wringing around Town about the “Seattle sound” with the general consensus being that there isn’t one. Key is a prime example of that: he strays far from virtually all of his peers with deeply experimental beats that are more mood and feeling than typical rap set pieces. There’s never been a better time for Seattle rap to come into its own; hip hop is democratized to its greatest degree in history which rewards a fiercely independent spirit like the one we have here.
The 808 and 206 share familiar vibes and split-life living rappers like basement smoke sessioners share joints. That is to say: often and easily. Resident selector and hip hop activist EarDr.Umz was the latest to make a trip out the Pacific and he came back with this collection of tunes on his mind. Some of it is familiar, some not so, but it all adds up to a nice listen.
Royce The Choice selected some (ahem) choice production partners for his latest EP, Talk Ain’t Cheap. Vitamin D, Kuddie Fresh and GMK all lend beats, and this blog’s favorite Town rapper of the moment, Porter Ray, shows up on “For The Jeeps”. You can also catch Royce getting a bit of national burn on DJ Mustard’s Ketchup mixtape.
Peta Tosh, the man with the very different MC name, recently dropped an album confirming as such: Still Different. Preview and download it below. And check out a video of his interview on KUBE’S Sunday Night Sound Sessions with DJ Hyphen and J. Moore.
VIDEO: “Blocka (Don’t Block My Shine)” – MADlines (feat. Gigante; dir. by Genuienzo; prod. by BeanOne)
You already know MADlines as one half of Canary Sing, and soon you will know her as a solo artist. “Blocka (Don’t Block My Shine)” is the first single from the (now) Oakland-based singer/MC’s upcoming Love Child EP. BeanOne on the beat and Gigante with the cameo.
Ka.lil recently dropped off “Say So”, a new track featuring Jills Laxamana and the production work of Magic Mouth, the most recent addition to the Wandering Worx team. If you missed Ka.lil’s latest, Between Saturday Night And Sunday Morning, shame on you (and here’s a chance to redeem yourself).
Romaro Franceswa is the latest member of BeanOne’s Yuk The World team. The worthy Federal Way spitter displays a far-ranging skill set on his self-titled debut album. From a highly acrobatic flow on “Prodigy”, to a club oriented swagger on “Bounce”, to the soul-tinged “Bella URLovd”, Romaro sets himself up to be next in a long line of talented young MCs jostling for position in the Town.
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206UP.COM’s The TrackMeet is a regular feature here on the blog that pits three relatively new or up-and-coming local hip-hop artists against each other in a battle-of-the-songs style competition. It’s easy to participate if you’re a reader: Just listen to the three featured tracks and then vote for your favorite in the online poll below. Voting lasts for one week. Each winning entrant will be featured on an upcoming TrackMeet Mixtape (the first edition of which you can download here). If you’re an artist looking to submit for an upcoming competition, click here for submission guidelines.
A fresh weekend means a fresh round of TrackMeet competitors. Meet this week’s contestants below and vote for your favorite in the online poll.
LANE 1: “Robots” – Araless
LANE 3: “Pu$$y Palace” – The Sunshine
Sportn’ Life’s Larry Hawkins (fka. SK) and Davey Jones with a breezy summer time anthem for Seattle. “This Way That Way” is the first from the duo’s Butterfly Sauce due in August.
“Procrastination” speaks to the college undergrad, the lethargic office worker and the blunt-rolling MC alike. “The song is me pretty much my chance to craft a public record disclaimer for my ways,” the Sportn’ Life rapper jokes. This is off his upcoming Beyond The Stars EP.